Apple releases software tool to remove Flashback Trojan

14 Apr 2012

Apple has released a new software tool to remove the Flashback Trojan that has infected 600,000 Macs worldwide. It follows an earlier Java update.

The program, version 1.0 of its “Flashback malware removal tool” will scan a computer and erase iterations of the Trojan. It is aimed at Mac users who don’t have Java already installed, according to MacInsider.

According to the release notes: “This Flashback malware removal tool removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware.

“If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed.

“In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware.

“This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed,” Apple said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years